Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Bikes: True North tourer (www.truenorthcycles.com), 2004; Miyata 1000, 1985
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Are you sure you want to use a bike with carbon frame and fork for a trip like that?
The technology seems to be improving, but the consequences of failure can be monumental. What concerns me most about carbon components is that they can fail without warning. You will usually be able to see or feel problems with metal long before it gives out, at least with the frame and fork.
I am not talking about frame-destroying crashes, but dings, including microscopic ones, that are the result of the "normal" rough handling that touring bikes receive.
I had a carbon fork on my touring bike, but swapped it for steel after reading an account on this forum: Someone's carbon fork buckled on a steep descend, and the rider smashed his face. My frame had a minor dent, and I began wondering whether the structural integrity of the fork had been compromised. So when I sent the frame for repair, I replaced the fork.